Goodman Theatre announces 2011–2012 season

Photograph: Liz Lauren


Can it possibly be Season Announcement Season again already? Sure enough, the Goodman Theatre leads the pack tonight, making known the bulk of its 2011–12 season. Given the glut of new plays rounding out the Goodman’s current season—Regina Taylor’s current Trinity River PlaysThomas Bradshaw’s Mary (pictured), in previews for opening next Monday; and Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar, Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss and David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (plus the Chicago premiere of Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage)—it’s interesting to note that only one of the five productions announced tonight is a new work. (Three more slots remain TBA.)


The fall slate opens with the Chicago premiere of Red, John Logan’s two-hander about the artist Mark Rothko that won last year’s best play Tony. Goodman artistic director Robert Falls, who’ll helm the September production in the proscenium Albert space, says in a news release that it’s “a gift to Chicago” that former Chicagoan Logan granted the Goodman dibs on the first post-Broadway production. It’ll be followed in the Albert by the Chicago premiere of David Mamet’s Race, which debuted on Broadway in the same season as Red but did not join Logan’s play as a Tony nominee. It’ll be directed by Chuck Smith for a January opening.


Next up in March 2012 is a revival of Tennessee Williams’s Camino Real, to be staged by Catalonian theater and opera director Calixto Bieito in his American theater debut. The Albert season concludes in June 2012 with a revival of Regina Taylor’s Crowns “for its tenth anniversary.” (Crowns debuted at New Jersey’s McCarter Theater in 2002, though the Goodman’s production was more recent, in 2004; Taylor will again direct her own work.) The holidaytime Christmas Carol goes without saying; one other Albert show remains unannounced.


The Goodman is only confirming one of the three offerings in its smaller Owen space, and it’s the lone new play, Danai Gurira’s The Convert. Directed by Emily Mann, Gurira’s play about the cultural clashes of Britain’s colonization of southern Africa will be a coproduction with McCarter and L.A.’s Center Theatre Group. Gurira’s Eclipsed is currently running at Northlight Theatre.


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